The Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) introduced several changes, including to the electoral structures local councils must have. Throughout 2023–24, 39 Victorian local councils are undergoing electoral structure reviews to ensure they comply with the Act.

Greater Shepparton City Council has been reviewed by an electoral representation advisory panel, with administrative and technical support from the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). The panel will consider:

  • the appropriate number of councillors and wards for the council
  • ward boundary locations
  • ward names.

Public information sessions about the review were held at 12 pm on Monday 3 July 2023, and 6 pm on Tuesday 4 July 2023. Visit the VEC website and click the link to attend the live online event.

The panel considered the requirements of the law to propose models for the council’s structure in a preliminary report. You were able to share your views on this report and which model would best serve your community. This is known as a response submission.

The preliminary report is released and response submissions for the Greater Shepparton City Council review opened on Wednesday 5 July and closed at 5 pm on Wednesday 26 July.

At the end of the review, the panel will make a final recommendation to the Minister for Local Government. Any change to the electoral structure for Greater Shepparton City Council following this review is expected to apply at the next local council elections. To find out more visit or call 131 832.

The key dates for the review are below:

Key Dates

Monday 3 July 2023 12:00 pm

Public information session

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Tuesday 4 July 2023 06:00 pm

Public information session

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Wednesday 5 July 2023

Release of preliminary report and opening of response submissions

Wednesday 26 July 2023 05:00 pm

Deadline for response submissions

Tuesday 1 August 2023 02:00 pm

Public hearing*

Wednesday 30 August 2023

Final report sent to minister

*A public hearing is scheduled for those who have requested to speak in support of their response submission. If there are no requests to speak, the hearing will not be held.

To find out more about the review process and how you can have your say, visit the Greater Shepparton City Council review page on the VEC website.